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Dec 8, 2022, 10:00 am EST / 17:00 CET




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CAIDP Conversation: EU Regulatory Power and the Brussels Effect with Anu Bradford and Marc Rotenberg




As an influential superpower, the European Union (EU) is a global standard setter that shapes the world and impacts global trade and commerce. Today countries from Brazil to Saudi Arabia have adopted privacy laws based on the EU GDPR. Will the European Union exert similar influence with the Digital Services Act, the Digital Markets, and the forthcoming Artificial Intelligence Act? And what about the possibility of a "Beijing Effect" as China extends its regulatory reach through the Belt and Road Initiative. The United States has tended, in recent years, toward a self-regulatory approach for digital services. Could that policy leave the US on the sidelines as the EU and China set the rules for the digital economy or does the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights provide the outline of a global policy for the United States?




Anu Bradford

Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization,

Columbia University


A leading scholar on the EU’s regulatory power and a sought-after commentator on the European Union, global economy, and digital regulation, Anu Bradford coined the term the Brussels Effect to describe the European Union’s outsize influence on global markets. Most recently, she is the author of The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World (2020), named one of the best books of 2020 by Foreign Affairs. Bradford is also an expert in international trade law, digital regulation, and antitrust law. She spearheads the Comparative Competition Law Project, which has built a comprehensive global data set of antitrust laws and enforcement across time and jurisdictions. The project, a joint effort between the Law School and the University of Chicago Law School, covers more than a century of regulation in over 100 countries and has been the basis for Bradford’s recent empirical research on the antitrust regimes used to regulate markets. 


Bradford is the director of the European Legal Studies Center, which trains students for leadership roles in European law, public affairs, and the global economy. She is also a senior scholar at Columbia Business School’s Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business and a nonresident scholar at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Marc Rotenberg

Center for AI and Digital Policy

Georgetown Law


Marc Rotenberg is President and Founder of the Center for AI and Digital Policy. He is a leading expert in data protection, open government, and AI policy. He has served on many international advisory panels, including the OECD AI Group of Experts. Marc helped draft the Universal Guidelines for AI, a widely endorsed human rights framework for the regulation of Artificial Intelligence. Marc is the author of several textbooks including the 2020 AI Policy Sourcebook and Privacy and Society (West Academic 2016). He teaches privacy law and the GDPR at Georgetown Law. Marc has spoken frequently before the US Congress, the European Parliament, the OECD, UNESCO, judicial conferences, and international organizations. Marc has directed international comparative law studies on Privacy and Human Rights, Cryptography and Liberty, and Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values. Marc is a graduate of Harvard College, Stanford Law School, and Georgetown Law, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the European Law Institute.